Seen in Jeonju

New DVDs: May 13-18th

13th May 2012

declaration of foolsThis coming week will see the release of two Korean films on DVD for the first time. One is the classic film Declaration of Fools, which I am ordering tomorrow–can’t wait to see it. The other film is called Sweet Fish from 2010 which I know very little about. Unfortunately, both of these DVDs are not subtitled. THe ‘Masterpiece Collection’ which Declaration of Fools is a part of, are never subtitled. I am not sure why Sweet Fish was released without subs but it may be because the powers that be presumed a lack of interest among international viewers. At the time of its theatrical release, Sweet Fish was shown on a just one screen in Seoul for a week and had a single screening in Gwangju. A total of 1,944 people have seen this film. If you buy it you will be part of a very exclusive club. I, for one, am going to pass for now.

Declaration of Fools (1983)– directed by Lee Jang-ho, starring Kim Myeong-gon and Lee Bo-hee. Number of discs: 1/ Subtitles: None/ Rating: for ages 18+/ Format: 4:3 full screen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0/ Running Time: 97 minutes/ Suggested Retail Price: 16,500 KRW/ Available: May 15th.

Sweet Fish (2010)– directed by Park Gab-jong, starring Lee Chang-ho and Hong Ye-na. Number of discs: 1/ Subtitles: None/ Rating: for ages 15+/ Format: 16:9 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0/ Running Time: 93 minutes/ Suggested Retail Price: 22,000 KRW/ Available: May 17th

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